Friday, May 15, 2009

Jazz Great Wayman Tisdale Dead at 44

The bass community is sadden today by the announcement that jazz great [OK, he played a little basketball to] has lost his battle with bone cancer. The one-time Oklahoma star and NBA player who recorded several jazz albums, died at 44 after a two year battle with cancer. Tisdale, was an Olympic gold medalist and three-time All American for Oklahoma, played for the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Phoenix Suns during a 12 season NBA career.

As a bass player, Tisdale made his jazz recording debut in 1995 with "Power Forward." He released eight albums, all of which were top 10 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, including three that went to No. 1 -- 2001's "Face to Face," "Way Up!" in 2006 and his most recent album, 2008's "Rebound," which features a cover of Barry White's "Never Gonna Give You Up" with country singer Toby Keith on vocals.

Tisdale was diagnosed with bone cancer in 2007, and his right leg was amputated last August.

Thanks for the music in peace man!

Help give Wayman's family some support by buying his music. Here is a link to some of his great music on Amazon.Com


1 comment:

Angel Ernesto said...

Rest in pace, gret bass player


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